## Symbolmania

September 27, 2010
Applied Math, History, Math Education

Hobbes: “A new decade is coming up.” Calvin: “Yeah, big deal! Hmph. Where are the flying cars? Where are the moon colonies? Where are the personal robots and the …

September 27, 2010
Applied Math, History, Math Education

Hobbes: “A new decade is coming up.” Calvin: “Yeah, big deal! Hmph. Where are the flying cars? Where are the moon colonies? Where are the personal robots and the …

September 21, 2010
Applied Math, History, Suggested Reading

“Our advice: Beware of geeks bearing formulas.” — Warren Buffett, Letter to Shareholders of Berkshire Hathaway, Reporting Huge Losses In the classic 1961 Disney science fiction comedy movie The …

September 20, 2010
General, History, Math Education

The word “mathematics” comes from the Greek μάθημα (máthema) meaning lesson and the verb μαθαίνω (mathéno) meaning “to learn”. It could be argued that math anxiety is anxiety about …

September 14, 2010
Applied Math, History, Suggested Reading

During the seventeenth century, the physicist Isaac Newton conducted a series of experiments studying the properties of light. Newton encountered a puzzling enigma. He found that light behaved both …

September 3, 2010
Applied Math, History, Suggested Reading

“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The …

January 31, 2010
History, Suggested Reading, Unsolved Problems

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man. — …

December 17, 2009
Applied Math, History

This year (2009) is the 400th anniversary of the publication of Johannes Kepler’s book New Astronomy (Astronomia Nova) announcing the discovery of the elliptical orbit of Mars to the …

August 4, 2009
History, Suggested Reading

In my last blog entry, I mentioned several math books I’ve been reading lately. Over the weekend I wrapped up reading Mathematicians: An Outer View of the Inner World, …

July 27, 2009
History, Unsolved Problems

Two beautiful mathematical documentaries are “Fermat’s Last Theorem” and “Dangerous Knowledge”. Both take a popular science style approach to describing compelling and emotional stories about great mathematicians. The first …

January 30, 2009
History, Suggested Reading

This article was written by Gregory Thole, a graduate student in mathematics at Boston College. If you’d like to write for Math-Blog.com as well, please email us at [email protected] …

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